United States of America
1933 - 2016
Charles Paul Hardersen was born in Clinton, Iowa on May 7, 1933. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1955 with a degree in mechanical engineering. After gaining some experience, he landed his dream job at Kaman Aircraft in Bloomfield, Connecticut in 1958, and rose through the ranks over the years in structural analysis. Hardersen joined AHS in 1980; he served as the chairman of the AHS Structures and Materials Technical Committee and co-authored several AHS technical papers. In addition to his duties within the engineering department at Kaman, Hardersen served on a number of government and industry committees, and working groups. He was a lifelong learner. He not only kept abreast of knowledge in his technical specialty area, That area being fatigue, but also cultivated and maintained interests in archaeology, astronomy, photography, classical music and jazz.
Charles Paul Hardersen retired as the director of structures and materials at Kaman Aerospace in 2000, after 42 years with the company. He passed away on August 29, 2016; he was 83.
AHS Update: Vertiflite November/December 2016